Ohio-based MKS, whose products include Hi-Point Firearms and
Inland M1911s, have announced they won’t sell to Dick’s and
their affiliates on Second Amendment grounds.
MKS said the recent move by Dick’s to hire a government affairs
group for the purpose of gun control lobbying, coupled with the
big box retailer’s past choices to destroy their existing
inventory of AR-15s and refuse firearm sales to those under age
21 put the two companies at odds when it came to the right to
keep and bear arms.
“In recent months, Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary,
Field & Stream, have shown themselves, in our opinion, to be no
friend of Americans’ Second Amendment,” said Charles Brown, MKS
president. “We believe that refusing to sell long guns to adults
under age 21, while many young adults in our military are not
similarly restricted, is wrong. We believe that villainizing
modern sporting rifles in response to pressure from uninformed,
anti-gun voices is wrong. We believe that hiring lobbyists to
oppose American citizens’ freedoms secured by the Second
Amendment is wrong.”
Founded in 1992, Hi-Point specializes in economical handguns and
pistol caliber carbines while Inland, launched in 2014, produces
a series of classic military firearms including variants of the
M1911 pistol and M1 Carbine. According to federal regulators,
MKS’s Ohio production partners — Haskell Manufacturing, Iberia
Firearms, and Strassells Machine — produced 147,400 handguns and
58,600 rifles in 2016, making it one of the largest gun makers
in the country by volume.
“We are proud of our products, we are proud of our customers,
and we are especially proud of the freedoms secured by our great
U.S. Constitution. We are committed to all three,” said Brown.
The public snub from MKS comes just a week after Illinois-based
Springfield Armory issued a similar declaration and the National
Shooting Sports Foundation– the trade group for the gun industry
— expelled Dick’s from their organization.